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Foundational Scripture: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
I recently delivered a message entitled, “GOD IS FOR YOU? I believe the message was timely and useful to those who attended. The message primarily focus on God’s involvement in our finances. I began by answering a question that I believed were in the minds of most of the listeners. Why is there a need to talk about finances, and my answer was that half of the parables that Jesus taught involved money and possessions. How we manage money and our relationship to money is extremely important to Jesus and should be to us as well. Many people including Christians struggle with this issue every day. Here are some facts you may not be aware of:
  • Our country’s national debt is nearly $15 trillion.
  • The average american carrys credit card debt of $8,000.
  • Most americans live beyond their means, they spend more than they earn.
  • In 2009 the average wage earner spent a $1.22 for every $1.00 earned.
  • Most people have little or no savings, and no emergency funds
  • Most people can’t imagine having no mortgage or car loan
There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about how our representatives manage money and budgets in Washington; but the fact is, they are a reflection of how many of us handle our personal finances. The lack of constraint and excessive spending exist there, because it’s happening in our homes as well.
The gospels clearly depicts Jesus’s perpective on our relationship to money and things; and how we should manage them. In Matthew 6:24, Jesus teaches you can not serve two masters, you will love the one, and hate the other, or you will hold to one, and despise the other. You can not serve God and mammon. Mammon is defined as the god of riches, materialism, the love of money. What is clear to me in Jesus’ teachings is “priority”. Is God and His purpose for your life first, or is the pursuit money and things? Don’t answer that, instead let’s examine your checkbook and calendar. Where do you spend most of your money, time and talents?
Did you know that most Christians don’t tithe? Most Christians give about 2-3% of the income to church and charitable causes. Clearly giving is not a top priority in the lives us most Christians. Instead, the pursuit of riches and things seem more important. Do we manage the riches and things we possess properly? Are we thankful for our EXTRAs.? What are extras? What do we do with clothes that you don’t wear, that don’t fit, or you don’t like anymore? For many of us we keep them. It never occurs to us that we can give the extra clothes to the needy. What if we have two vehicles, and extra bedroom, are we willing to share with others in need? The list goes on and on with extras that we do not share with others. There is nothing wrong with having nice things and enjoying your extras, but don’t become slaves to debt and learn to live with your means; and remember giving is Godly.
God reminds us throughout the Bible that He is for us, and He demands to be first, and will not accept second place. That’s it for now, to be continued in my next blog. By the way, please order your copy of my new book, “Success Is God’s Idea”, peterarchangelministries.org. It’s an easy read and it only cost $9.99. It will make a great gift for son, daughter, relative or friend. Thank you and don’t forget to be encouraged, inspired, and enlightened!.

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